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The Demise of Conservative Judaism

For me, Conservative Judaism is not the answer to the future of Judaism.

Another Haredi Tells It Like It Is

Rabbi Grylak blames the Israeli Yated -- specifically naming its editor Nati Grossman for fomenting enmity and violence by vilifying anyone that does not agree with extremist views.

My D’var Torah for Shimon’s Bar Mitzvah

The Dvar Torah I gave yesterday at my grandson Shimon Greenland’s Bar Mitzvah.

Rabbi Avi Weiss Crossing Hard Lines

Rabbi Weiss wrote: "Israel as a state should give equal opportunities to the Conservative and Reform movements."

Telling It like It Is

The defacto infallibility of "gedolim" alienates “both those who were brought up frum and especially for those who were not.”

Is Feminism Compatible with Orthodoxy?

In Judaism men and women are given specific roles. Each has their own area of responsibility for fulfilling God’s will.

Pushing the Boundaries of Outreach

As Orthodox Jews who understand the value of the Torah and the importance of following Halacha – how can we change this new secular Jewish paradigm?

A Plea to Lakewood’s Rabbinic Leadership

To their credit, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) came out with a statement applauding the courage of Kolko's young victim.

The Million Man March

Can we remain ambivalent in the face of what our eyes saw and ears heard?

Soothing the Savage Breast

In a million years I would have never dreamed that people who look and dress the same way and very likely share the same religious values could be so radically different.

The Secret of Orthodoxy’s Success

Yiddish words are increasingly seeping into the English language.

Of ‘Torah Haters’ and Noah Feldman

Minister Lapid should not be judged by a few offhand comments spoken in angry response to being constantly attacked as a Torah hater.

Chacham Ovadia Yosef, ZTL

He was a giant not only to his own Sephardi community, but to the entire Torah world.

Dissing the Rav

The T that is missing is in the honorific ‘ZTL’ written after the name of rabbinic leaders that have passed away.

There Is No Joy in New Square

The joyous members of Skvere had absolutely no compassion for this poor woman. They only saw someone who left the community and went OTD.

The Good News and the Bad for Orthodoxy

Even though 10% of Jewry identifies as Orthodox, 14% to 17% say they were raised Orthodox.

YCT, Heterodoxy, and Agudah

It is a fact that heterodoxy is no longer the threat to Orthodoxy it once was – if at all.

Succumbing to Temptation

I don’t know what it is that turns good people into crooks.

Images of ‘the Other’

Images of ‘the other’ are heavily biased by what the media report about them.

Yom Tov Sheni in Israel

I do not enjoy the second Simchas Torah at all.

He Feels their Pain

The Charedi world has never seen the government in a positive light and condemns it frequently.

The Right to Buy Snake Oil

I question the success rate claims made by conversion therapy advocates upon which Agudah no doubt relies.

Intermarriage 2013

It used to be the case that an Orthodox parent would sit Shiva on a child who intermarried.

Of Davenning, and OTD (Off the Derech)

Being frum today is an upper-middle-class pursuit.

He Murdered his Daughter

What would compel a devout Jewish father to take the life of his own child?

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